Thursday was July 4th and Fishing Bay Yacht Club‘s annual one design long distance race. I was able to borrow a Front Runner and a co-worker of mine – Stephen Boling came out to crew. Stephen had never been on a sailboat before. We headed out, got to practice each maneuver once and then the race started.
The race started right of the FBYC dock and the first leg took us south out of Fishing Bay 3/5 of the way across the river to the far side of the channel. We had perfect start, right at the boat, right at the gun and were able to pin some of the other boats to the left side of the course for a bit. Upwind we picked a nice lane of wind right up the middle of the bay and found ourselves 1st at the windward mark.
We set the chute on the 2nd leg which took us due east on a race about a mile to another channel marker. What we didn’t realize when we first set the chute was that it was very twisted at the top. After a few boats started to pass us, we had to take it up and down a few times to get the twist out. By the time we close-reached down to the 1/2 way mark, we were easily 300 yards behind the lead pack of 5 boats.
Sailing the next two upwind legs we had good speed and I picked good angles and we actually passed 3 of the boats. By the finish we were within 20 yards of the 2nd boat over the line. If only we had another 3 miles, we could have contended for the lead. Unfortunately, all 3 of the top boats owed the Flying Scot, sailed by John & Sharon Wake, time and they corrected over us, putting us in 4th overall.
I want to thank the Front Runner fleet for letting me borrow a boat and Stephen Boling for coming out to crew.
Photos | Results
Photos above by Stephen Boling.